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Software Compliance Week in Review 11/19/2012

November 21, 2012


Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. Last week saw China’s head of Intellectual Property say the country’s piracy problem is exaggerated, an iOS app’s piracy tweets of shame, and the BSA certified Mexico for software compliance management. Read on and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterGoogle+ and our RSS feed to get the latest news.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Software License Compliance and Anti-Piracy Panel and Reception. For those who missed it, a recording will be available soon to qualified registratnts.

According to China, They Don’t Pirate as Much as You Think

If someone were to ask you, “what country has the biggest piracy problem,” most likely you would answer, “China.” According to Tian Lipu, the head of China’s Intellectual Property Office, you’d be wrong. In a recent interview with Reuters, Mr. Lipu asserted that Western media distorts China’s history with intellectual property right protection and in reality, it isn’t that bad.

Here’s what Mr. Lipu had to say:

“China’s image overseas is very poor. As soon as people hear China they think or piracy and counterfeiting… We don’t deny (this problem), and we are continuing to battle against it… For example, China is the world’s largest payer for patent rights, for trademark rights, for royalties, and one of the largest for buying real software,” he said. “We pay the most. People rarely talk about this, but it really is a fact. Our government offices, our banks, our insurance companies, our firms … the software is all real.”

It’s a difficult to say that the West distorts China’s track record on copyright protection, especially when independent groups consistently rank China as having the highest value of pirated media and software in the word. However, China is making progress in its effort to extinguish copyright infringement. Recently, the Chinese has brought nearly all government entities in compliance with the remaining entities expected to be compliant before 2014.

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Shameful Piracy Tweets

In a clever attempt to curb mobile software piracy, an iOS app developer configured his program so that when piracy was identified, it would hijack the user’s twitter account and tweet penitent piracy confessions. This past week, a lot of these piracy confessions have been popping up – the problem is they’re all false positives.

Enfour, the app developer who embedded the anti-piracy technology into many of its popular dictionary apps, accidentally triggered on a slew of paying customers. Needless to say many users are unhappy. If you are going to enable anti-piracy features, you must ensure that they do not impact your customers.

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Mexico receives BSA / ISO Certification

Last week, Mexico became the first government in the world to earn the BSA’s Certification in Standards-Based Software Asset Management for Organizations, or CSS(O).

The CSS(O) is the first and only enterprise level software asset management program to be compliant with ISO standards. Mexico was awarded the CSS(O) after meeting a specific set of criteria demonstrating its understanding and implementation of software asset management principles.

Bruno Ferrari, the Mexican Secretary of Economy reiterated Mexico’s strong commitment to upholding intellectual property rights and said the Mexican Government must lead by example assuring there is no piracy in government operations.

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Victor DeMarines

Post written by Victor DeMarines

Vice President, Products & Strategy at Revulytics

Victor DeMarines brings extensive security product management and marketing experience to Revulytics, where he is responsible for product strategy and direction. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics including piracy, reverse engineering and the protection of intellectual property.